Weiner announces from Brooklyn, while de Blasio saddles him with Park Avenue
Anthony Weiner launched his mayoral campaign with a video posted after midnight last night, late enough to avoid being on the front page of the New York daily newspapers (thereby avoiding the tabloids' requisite wiener-entry headlines).
The Observer's Jill Colvin was first to spot the video, which the Post said was made public prematurely.
With Weiner in the race, the Democratic nomination is all but certain to be decided in a run-off, with none of the candidates expected to get at least 40 percent of the initial vote.
The Weiner announcement comes the same day as Public Advocate Bill De Blasio's campaign scored a lengthy spread in the New York Times about the strength of his outer-borough roots. In an interview for the article, de Blasio takes a dig at Weiner (who at the time of the interview was not an officially declared candidate) by noting that Weiner moved from Queens to "Park Avenue," and suggests that diminishes his ability to advocate for outer-borough residents.
Weiner, whose announcement video was all about growing up in Brooklyn (and going to Mets games at Shea), will disagree.
"After January, I am going to destroy all you fucking guys."--Michael Bloomberg
Anthony Weiner announced his candidacy in a two-minute video posted after midnight. [Jill Colvin]
Attorney Gloria Allred said two of her clients are considering suing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver over the Vito Lopez scandal. [Sally Goldenberg and Beth DeFalco]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio knocks Anthony Weiner for moving to Park Avenue. [Michael Barbaro]
De Blasio claims the money spent promoting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's upcoming book should be counted as a campaign expenditure. [Kate Taylor]
What do Hillary Clinton's 2008 people say about Hillary Clinton 2016? [Josh Benson and Jason Horowitz]
Clinton's poll numbers are still strong post-Benghazi. [Reid Pillifant]
Anthony Weiner hired Camille Joseph, a former Obama campaign aide and adviser to Senator Gillibrand to be his campaign's political director. [Azi Paybarah]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Major League Soccer soften their stance on siting a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. [Dana Rubinstein]
Governor Andrew Cuomo said JCOPE was the best ethics-enforcement deal he could get. [Azi Paybarah]
State Senator Kevin Parker and Councilman Jumaane Williams, in a rap video against stop-and-frisk. [Azi Paybarah]
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: former senator Olympia Snow on the cost of mammograms. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @OlympiasList
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox on why he wants Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Vito Lopez scandal. [Talk1300] @FUD31 @NewYorkGOP
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hal": Steve Cassidy, head of the fireman's union. And the political rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borero. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @CurtisSliwa @GersonBorero
7:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese participates in the Real Action Community Democrats forum, 4102 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013
Weiner's new website is up (and briefly down). [Andrew Grossman]
Weiner's aides say the video was supposed to be released later today. [New York Post]
The scene on the stoop was shot on May 16. [David Seifman and Joe Tacopino]
Weiner was running out of time to enter the race, and no one candidate is dominating. [Celeste Katz and Jonathan Lemire]
Weiner made the announcement "from the safe remove of a video" and, since he's moved to Manhattan, has lost some edge as the outer-borough candidate. [Michael Barbaro]
Weiner's return did not go unnoticed. [Hollywood Reporter]
"Election Conference Makes NY Look Old School" [Brigid Bergin]
Bloomberg said Lopez shouldn't be in the City Council. [David Seifman]
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One editorial board said the high percentage of people stopped and frisked by the police who do not have weapons and are not arrested demonstrates how problematic the tactic has become. [New York Times]
Bike racks were removed after an unflattering story in the Post. [Juia Marsh, Kevin Fasick and Antonio Antenucci]
One editorial board doesn't like what's in store for Madison Square Garden. [New York Post]
A columnist wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to oust Silver. [Bob McManus]